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Beppo SAX
Beppo SAX
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Italian x-ray astronomy satellite. Beppo SAX. Satellite per Astronomia a raggi X; X-ray celestial observatory Astronomy, X-Ray satellite built by Alenia Spazio for ASI, Italy. Launched 1996.

AKA: Beppo. Status: Operational 1996. First Launch: 1996-04-30. Last Launch: 1996-04-30. Number: 1 . Gross mass: 900 kg (1,980 lb).

NASA NSSDC Master Catalog Description

SAX is the X-Ray Astronomy Satellite selected by the Italian National Space Plan for inclusion in the Science Plan. The objective of the mission is to perform spectroscopic and time variability studies of celestial X-ray sources in the energy band from 1 to 200 keV, including an all-sky monitoring investigation of transients in the 2-30 keV energy range. The payload includes the following narrow-field detectors coaligned to a common pointing axis: (1) four X-ray imaging concentrators sensitive from 1 to 10 keV (one of them extending down to 0.1 keV), (2) one gas scintillation proportional counter sensitive from 3 to 12 keV, and (3) a sodium iodide scintillator crystal in phoswich configuration operating from 15 to 200 keV. At 90 deg to the axis of the narrow field instruments is an array of three identical wide field camera units sensitive from 2 to 30 keV. The SAX mission payload and science program is under the responsibility of a consortium of Italian institutes together with institutes from Holland. The participation of the Space Science Department of ESA is also foreseen. A listing of the SAX Consortium of Institutes is given in Appendix B8.


More at: SAX.

Family: Astronomy, Medium earth orbit, X-ray astronomy satellite. Country: Italy. Launch Vehicles: Atlas, Atlas I. Launch Sites: Cape Canaveral, Cape Canaveral LC36B. Bibliography: 2, 278, 4, 6, 11740, 13066.

1996 April 30 - . 04:31 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC36B. LV Family: Atlas. Launch Vehicle: Atlas I.
  • Beppo SAX - . Payload: BeppoSAX. Nation: Italy. Agency: ASI. Class: Astronomy. Type: X-ray astronomy satellite. Spacecraft: SAX. Decay Date: 2003-04-29 . USAF Sat Cat: 23857 . COSPAR: 1996-027A. Apogee: 601 km (373 mi). Perigee: 584 km (362 mi). Inclination: 4.0000 deg. Period: 96.50 min. LEO. Satellite per Astronomia a raggi X; X-ray celestial observatory Launch vehicle put payload into low earth orbit with IFR trajectory option. 100th Atlas-Centaur flight..

2003 April 30 - .
  • Bepposax Satellite Reenters Into Earth's Atmosphere - . Nation: Italy. Spacecraft: SAX.


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